In addition to internships, Haverford House and the myriad activities supported by its funds, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship itself organizes a diverse menu of programs.
These Center-sponsored programs take various forms: a semester-long seminar; a weekly discussion of current events; or a day-long symposium on a specific topic. Regardless of the format, all are designed to expose members of the Haverford community to the key global issues of the day and to advance the College's commitment to peace and social justice.
Below is a sampling of recent Center-sponsored programs:
John Carlos: Olympic Medalist and Civil Rights Icon
Professor of History Alex Kitroeff spoke with John Carlos, bronze medalist in the 200-meter sprint at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, who made waves around the world upon raising a black-gloved first on the medal stand in silent protest of racism and economic injustice. The two discussed Carlos' experiences as an athlete and an activist.
The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine
The Center hosted Miko Peled, peace activist and author of The General's Son. He shared his personal story of how he came to seek justice not through revenge, but through understanding-– an understanding that transformed his heart, and ushered him into a singular life of pro-peace activism and risk.
Refugee Hotel: A Talk by Photojournalist Gabriele Stabile
The Center hosted Gabriele Stabile, an Italian photographer based in New York City whose images have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His book, The Refugee Hotel, is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States.
Inspiring African Children's Literature: Deborah Ahenkorah BMC '10, Founder of The Golden Baobab Prize
Deborah Ahenkorah joined the Haverford and Bryn Mawr campuses for a week of programming. She shared her experience of building the Golden Baobab, an award-winning social enterprise that is working to revolutionize the African children's literature industry. She told the story of how she started this organization as a Bryn Mawr college sophomore and how opportunities afforded her by Bryn Mawr College funding and Haverford's Center for Peace and Global Citizenship paved the way for the important work she now spearheads.
A Breakfast Conversation with Howard Zehr, Professor of Restorative Justice
Howard Zehr, a trailblazer in the Restorative Justice movement from the 1970s through the present, joined members of the Haverford Community for a breakfast conversation on the intricacies of restorative justice. Topics included what it means to implement value-based practice, the obstacles restorative justice faces, and what restorative justice could look like on a larger scale.
A Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship
The symposium offered individuals interested in social change the opportunity to explore ideas with innovative thinkers. The goal was for participants to come away with a clearer sense of the broad scope of social entrepreneurship and the role it might play both in their own work and in society at large.
The State of Feminism in 2012
In anticipation of Gloria Steinem's visit to the college, the CPGC, Women's Center and Speaker's Committee hosted a discussion that asked participants what feminism meant in 2012.
"Current Conflicts in South Asia and the Middle East: Is there a Gandhian Perspective?"
The Center welcomed Rajmohan Gandhi, a historian, leading public intellectual, and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He has been engaged for half a century in reconciliation, democracy, and human rights efforts. He is a former member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament), and he is the author of ten books and countless articles, with a focus on the Indian independence movement, non-violence, and Hindu-Muslim relations.
Past programs include:
Nobel Peace Laureate Summit
CPGC sent four students as delegates to the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago in April, 2012. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity provided attendees the chance to network with other college students interested in world peace, plus hear such luminaries as Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama.
Kim Elliman, CEO of Open Space Institute
The Open Space Institute is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the conservation of nature in New York State, southern New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and southern Appalachia. Mr. Elliman spoke about the work of OSI and possibilities for summer internships.
High Rocks Fall Break Trip
CPGC and 8th Dimension host a yearly service-learning trip to High Rocks in West Virginia. Participants learn about social, political and economic issues impacting local communities while experiencing Appalachia.
Migration Field Study Tour
The Center offers a yearly winter break study tour to Mexico focused on migration issues. This program, mounted with local partner Casa de los Amigos, exposed students to the nuances of migration through briefings by non-profit organizations and daily seminar-type discussions.
Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice
The Center hosted author and a civil rights lawyer, Alia Malek. After 9/11, in addition to her regular duties at the Department of Justice focused on Americans' civil rights in educational contexts, Alia's responsibilities came to also include reaching out to and serving the needs of vulnerable groups targeted by backlash discrimination and hate crimes. Alia discussed her new book which tells the stories of men and women who have been needlessly swept up in the War on Terror.